Francois   "Franaconda"   Groenewald

Bantamweight
Fighter's record
[W L D] : 11 - 7 - 0
  • Submission : 10 Wins - 1 Losses
  • TKO/KO : 1 Wins - 2 Losses
  • Decision : 0 Wins - 4 Losses
  • Age : 32
  • Height : 1.76m
  • Reach : 180 cm
  • BG Discipline : BJJ
  • Strengths : High level submission specialist
    Vastly experienced
    Strong in later rounds
  • From : South Africa
  • Fighting out of : Sunnydale, Cape Town
  • Gym : Straight Blast Gym Cape Town (SBG)
  • Trainer : Steve Bazzea
Fighter's Skills Breakdown
  • Submission : 50%
  • Takedowns : 30%
  • Striking : 20%

Fighters Media

Heavyweight Action On SABC 3
SAYED SPRAYS PENA AT WEIGH-IN
AND THE WINNERS ARE? PLACE YOUR BETS AT SUPABETS NOW!
PENA FAVOURITE OVER SAYED WITH SUPABETS
DURBAN’S SURGE ON CAPE TOWN
SAYED & VAN HEERDEN CLAIM GOLD
CRACKING WEIGH-IN AHEAD OF EFC CAPE TOWN
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VOTING OPEN FOR EFC 2017 AWARDS
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RACE TO THE TITLE
Heavyweight Action On SABC 3
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Heavyweight Action On SABC 3
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HEAVYWEIGHT ACTION ON SABC 3
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GOOD TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY
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EFC 59: Post-Event Press Conference
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DU PLESSIS DOES IT FOR SA
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IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS
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YOUR PREDICTIONS: EFC 59 – DA ROCHA VS DU PLESSIS
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EFC 59: Weigh-in
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EFC 59 Engaged: Episode 06
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DU PLESSIS FAVOURITE AS BETXCHANGE REVEALS BIG MONEY MAKING ODDS
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK! GET TO CARNIVAL CITY THIS SATURDAY
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EFC 59 Engaged: Episode 01
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MEDIA DAY THIS SATURDAY
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“BI#CH PLEASE”
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CHAMPION DALCHA WEEKEND ON SABC 3
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VISIONS OF ‘THE WOLF’
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DOUBLE DOSE OF EFC EVERY WEEK
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FRANACONDA calls out Pena
UNDISPUTED AND UNDFEATED
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UNDISPUTED AND UNDFEATED
SAYED SPRAYS PENA AT WEIGH-IN
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SAYED SPRAYS PENA AT WEIGH-IN
AND THE WINNERS ARE? PLACE YOUR BETS AT SUPABETS NOW!
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AND THE WINNERS ARE? PLACE YOUR BETS AT SUPABETS NOW!
PENA FAVOURITE OVER SAYED WITH SUPABETS
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PENA FAVOURITE OVER SAYED WITH SUPABETS
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EFC 55 Media Day – Francois Groenewald
DURBAN’S SURGE ON CAPE TOWN
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DURBAN’S SURGE ON CAPE TOWN
HAWKEY SEEKS REDEMPTION
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HAWKEY SEEKS REDEMPTION
SAYED & VAN HEERDEN CLAIM GOLD
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SAYED & VAN HEERDEN CLAIM GOLD
CRACKING WEIGH-IN AHEAD OF EFC CAPE TOWN
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CRACKING WEIGH-IN AHEAD OF EFC CAPE TOWN
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DRC’S CHAMPION DOMINATES
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CRUNCH TIME AT EFC CAPE TOWN
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EFC 45 Media Day: Francois Groenewald
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CYRUS FEES’ PROSPECTS TO WATCH OUT FOR
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CAPE TOWN’S EXCITING OPENING BOUTS
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WHO WILL RULE THE FLYWEIGHTS
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CHEF HONOURS COACH QUAN WITH EFC CHAMPIONSHIP RING
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ALLEN DOMINATES IN DURBAN
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HOME TOWN HOPEFULS
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DURBAN TAKES ON THE WORLD
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EFC 38 CARD SHAKE UP
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EFC 36 Walkout Songs
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ALLEN CEMENTS HIS LEGACY
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EFC 36 FREE AT STER-KINEKOR
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My First Victim
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Just Over Two Weeks To EFC 36
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Flyweights Take Off
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I Must Win
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EFC 34 Walkout Songs
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Sindile Manengela Released From Hospital
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Awesome Merchandise For Sale Tonight
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Iron Lion Ready To Roar
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Float Like A Butterfly
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More Than Double On The Challengers
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EFC Keeps Motaung Fight On
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The Truck Is In, Opie’s EFC Career Is Over
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It’s Fight Week!
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Behind Closed Doors
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Ass Kikkin’ Back Flippin’ Then Cash Out
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Open Workouts This Saturday
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EFC 34 Countdown: Pena vs Groenewald
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KO Kid VS Submission Artist
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Groenewald Out To Finish Pena
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Training Day
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Taking Your Belt Will Be As Easy As Taking Candy From A Kid
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Destiny Man Features ‘The Wolf’
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EFC 34: Mynhardt vs Mdoko, Pena vs Groenewald
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EFC 34 Tickets On Sale Now
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EFC 34: Mynhardt vs Madge, Pena vs. Groenewald
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“If We Started On Our Knees, I’d Still Beat Him”
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‘Franaconda’ Gets His Title Shot
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‘The President’ Debuts
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‘Herculeez’ Tames The ‘Lion’
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“It’s Showtime!”
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Fangzz Scores Stunning Victory
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Ilunga VS. Nyide For FOTN
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Wilken To Face Groenewald
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Make Or Break At Featherweight
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A Battle For The Ages
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3 Weeks To EFC AFRICA 23
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EFC AFRICA 21, The Medical Report
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Pena Delivers His Promise
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Bout By Bout & Blow By Blow
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Bitter Twitter War To Culminate At EFC AFRICA 21
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Four Massive Prelim Fights Confirmed For EFC AFRICA 21
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Champions Dominate EFC Africa 17
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Fight Night Has Arrived!
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EFC AFRICA 17 Weigh-In Results
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Nu Metro To Exclusively Broadcast Ten Explosive Bouts
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EFC AFRICA Live Weigh-In At 13:45 CAT On Thursday
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Add Digits To Your Bank Account With EFC AFRICA And BetXchange
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It’s Fight Week!
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1 Week Until Smith VS. Daniel, Ioannou VS. Mynhardt
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2 Weeks To Go To Efc Africa 17
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Groenewald Replaces Kazadi
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EFC AFRICA 16 NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
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EFC AFRICA 16 WEIGH-IN PHOTOS
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EFC AFRICA 16 WEIGH-IN RESULTS
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EFC AFRICA 16 POST-EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE
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EFC AFRICA 16 WEIGH-IN AT 14:00 CAT THURSDAY
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NU METRO TO EXCLUSIVELY BROADCAST TEN EXCITING BOUTS

Action Shots

  • EFC – 55 – 11 November 2016
  • EFC – 55 – 11 November 2016

Fight History

Pro Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Philippe Rouch
    EFC 59
    Loss
    R3 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Baldwin Mdlalose
    EFC 55
    Win
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Boney Bukaka
    EFC 48
    Win
    R1 Submission(Armbar)
  • Martin de Beer
    EFC 45
    Win
    R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Craig Ninow
    EFC 38
    Loss
    R3 Decision (Split)
  • Nkazimulo Zulu
    EFC 36
    Loss
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Demarte Pena
    EFC 34
    R4 TKO (Punches)
  • Leo Gloss
    EFC 29
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Pierre Botha
    EFC 27
    Win
    R1 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Donnovan Wilken
    EFC 26
    Win
    R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Craig Ninow
    EFC 23
    Win
    R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Gareth Buirski
    EFC 21
    Loss
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Koba Iakobidze
    EFC 17
    Win
    R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Jean-luc Kazadi
    EFC 16
    Win
    R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Dino Bertolis
    EFC 12
    Loss
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Abdul Hassan
    EFC 10
    Loss
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Wesley Hawkey
    Win
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Kurt Matthews
    Win
    R1 Submission (Triangle Choke)

Exhibition Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
    No fights recorded

Fighters Biography

Background disciplines?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

When & why did you start martial arts training?
I started in in 2009 for self defence. I made the switch to MMA to promote my new gym.

What ranks & titles have you held?
2X BJJ SA Champ (FILA & SASCA)
BJJ Blackbelt

How did you get your fight name?
My manager gave it to me after saying it feels like an anaconda is choking him.

Favoured technique?
I love my triangle choke. It is a great way to finish any sized opponent.

What other interesting information can you tell us about yourself?
I love any outdoor sport and do stunt work.

What does it mean to you to fight in EFC?
It is the best possible way showcase my skills. EFC is a very professional organization and it has been a pleasure fighting for them for more than 5 years.

Added Detail

  • Pro Since 2011
  • Practices Ballet as part of his strength training
  • BJJ Blackbelt

Key Opponents

Notable Fights

  • Opponent
    Event
    Result
  • Demarte Pena
    EFC 34
    Loss
  • Nkazimlulo Zulu
    EFC 36
    Loss
  • Craig Ninow
    EFC 38
    Loss
  • none
Francois   Groenewald